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Physicians who have completed Stage 1 meaningful use criteria face a new round of regulations in 2014 to remain in compliance. Stage 2 includes both brand-new rules as well as continued monitoring of existing criteria, many of which have been expanded or changed from optional to mandatory. These changes will require significantly adjusting many work practices and likely mean additional or updated technology. Attached tables detail the new Stage 2 requirements and the timetable for when incentives for participating in the program end and penalties for non-compliance begin.
The author outlines the pros and cons of ePrescribing, explains how it works in his practice and where it's part of his EMR system, and discusses stand-alone ePrescribing applications.
This article profiles one family practice's experience with electronic prescribing, describes the benefits and pitfalls of incorporating it into daily practice and addresses its usefulness as a tool for reducing prescription errors.